Venezuela to Introduce Ban on Street Protests

Nicolas Maduro Declared that the American Sanctions are Illegal

Nicolas Maduro Declared that the American Sanctions are Illegal

The state prosecutor's office said a 49-year-old man was killed during a protest in Carabobo state on Thursday.

What the protesters want now, Bloomberg's Andrew Rosati told Morning Edition from Caracas, is to halt the impending constituent assembly: "And on top of that, the main demand from the opposition is a new round of free and fair elections".

Protesters and government forces faced off late into the night Wednesday, with rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets and homemade bombs arcing through the air.

Barricades made from debris dotted eastern Caracas and signs were up that read "No more dictatorships!"

The statement expresses concern over what it says is a "serious adjustment of the democratic order, the worsening of the crisis and the increase of violence" in Venezuela.

Corbyn reportedly referred to Benn during the interview, telling Maduro he had been "a leader in the struggle against the economic policies of the European Bank and others, which were detrimental to the poor of Britain and other countries". The existing Supreme Court has consistently backed Maduro and shot down all measures by the opposition-led National Assembly. His death bears to 105 the total number of deaths since the beginning of the manifestation of anti-Maduro at the beginning of April.

Punitive measures include freezing USA assets, banning travel to the United States and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.

The U.S. says those sanctions are placed to pressure President Maduro to halt efforts to rewrite the country's constitution.

"As our sanctions demonstrate, the United States is standing by the Venezuelan people in their quest to restore their country to a full and prosperous democracy", Mnuchin said. "The government of the world?", the Venezuelan President said in an uproar speech, adding that the newly introduced financial restrictions were "illegal, inappropriate and unprecedented".

But with crippling shortages of basic goods and soaring inflation, protest organizers claimed 92% of businesses and workers support the walkout.

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Maduro blames his country's woes on the United States.

"As a president, I appeal to him, to President Donald Trump: Stop aggression towards Venezuela".

Some 70 per cent of Venezuelans oppose the Constituent Assembly, according to polling firm Datanalisis.

Three days of protests are planned leading up to Sunday's vote, starting with the strike and culminating Friday with a demonstration billed as a "takeover of Caracas".

Meanwhile, thousands of Venezuelans have fled the unrest this week, crossing the border into Colombia laden with heavy bags.

Lopez called Maduro and his supporters a "very clear threat", saying their goal is to undermine democracy and achieve the "absolute submission of the Venezuelan people".

"We don't recognize any sanction", he said.

"The elections are on Sunday and we really don't know what will happen", said one, Maria de los Angeles Pichardo, who left with her husband and son.

The U.S. also joined with a dozen other regional governments in urging Maduro to suspend Sunday's election of a national assembly for rewriting the charter.

An overwhelming majority of those who voted in the Venezuelam opposition's recent unofficial referendum rejected Maduro's plan to change the constitution and supplant the opposition-leaning Parliament with a "Constituent Assembly".

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